Look at this for logic. Batteries in a row,
two positive side up, two negative side up.. Easy to remember, quick to
access and simple to change. Refreshing. The batteries in the QV-3000EX
are in a row in the base of the handgrip the door opens by opening a locking
clip and sliding the door outwards.
The QV-3000EX is blessed with a Type II CF slot,
this means it'll take the traditional Type I package CF cards as
well as the thicker Type II cards. This also means it supports the
IBM Microdrive, at 340MB you'll be able to shoot about 250 images
on the QV-3000EX's highest quality; FINE (about 1.2MB per image)
or 342 images at NORMAL quality. (Or 56 TIFF's at 6.1 MB each)
That's what makes Casio's US offer of $999 for
the QV-3000EX and a 340MB Microdrive so attractive, you'd never
need to buy another CF card.
The CF slot itself is covered by a plastic door
on the right side of the camera, there's a warning "access"
light above the door which flashes indicating card access.
Behind a spring loaded hinge door on the left of
the camera can be found all of the cameras connections:
- Digital (Serial RS232)
- USB connection
- Video out
- DC IN 6V
Ah. What were the designers thinking? Is this the
only place they could have put the tripod mount?
Even back half an inch would have been better.
There are three problems with this tripod mount, first it's on the
edge of the body which means on certain mounts it'll tip the camera
forward a tiny fraction and mean the camera won't be stable on the
mount plate, secondly it's not aligned with the focal plane (or
lens center) which make it fairly useless for shooting panoramas
(though not many digicams do have correctly aligned tripod mounts),
thirdly it's plastic.. Which means it won't last as long as it could.
The flash on the QV-3000EX is a little deceiving
in its design, it has a large stylised window on the case behind
which lurks a smaller flash unit.
The manual quotes specifications of approx. 0.5m
- 4m. You can find flash test results in the features section of
Supplied Accessories ("In the box")
Supplied in the box are the following items*
- Casio QV-3000EX Digital Camera
- Soft Carrying Case
- 8MB Memory Card (varies)
- Lens Cap & Attachment string
- Alkaline Batteries (rechargeable Ni-MH's in US)
- Neck Strap
- Video Cable
- USB Cable
- Serial Cable (RS232)
- CD-ROM Software
* Exact package differs by region / bundle